Tipton CAM Drop-In - 2015 to 2018
May 1, 2015, Tipton CAM – Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc. opened a Drop-In Center, with a card table and chairs in the front corner of Second Blessings.As the door opened, the first Clients in were a family – a husband, wife, and three children, homeless – living in their vehicle in a friend’s driveway.
From this beginning, came the flow of Clients and Tipton CAM Leadership through Gwen Wilburn and Vickie Cathey.
Pastor Chris Ellis and Market Road Fellowship Church became the place of the Drop-In and Pastor guided many Tipton CAM Board Meetings.
In these three years, 483 Clients, 89 of them homeless, have been served through various forms of financial aid, counseling, and resourcing.Also, Tipton CAM began Beds for Kids, under the leadership of Gwen Wilburn, with the help of Kiwanis, Quality House Furniture Store, and several donations throughout the community.
Another ministry of Tipton CAM, Inc., with the assistance of Chrysler, Pioneer, Oasis Church, Ash St. Wesleyan, and private families, has been to enrich Christmas for many households. Gifts and boxes of food were given to the families. One little boy was at the food table, eating one cookie after another. When he finally had his fill, he walked over to be by his mother and exclaimed, “Food! Look at that box of Food!” He was much more excited with the food box than even the beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts.
As of July 12, 2018, Tipton CAM, Inc. will officially close our doors. Health complications of key leaders have impacted this decision. It has been a good and worthwhile adventure, and we are blessed to have touched so many lives of those in need.
Because of the homeless statistics garnered by Tipton CAM, as a part of Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Region V, a State-wide program of homeless assistance, rental support, long-term housing and ownership, is now coming into our community.
We greatly and sincerely thank all who have supported Tipton CAM, Inc. Please call if you have any questions – Rev. Ruth Lawson – 765-434-0687
The Two Women who did the Lion's share of work at Tipton CAM, Inc.